Intro to Hip Hop Dance & Culture

Monday, July 19th - Thursday, July 22nd
Application Deadline: June 1st

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The Program:
This beginning level dance course introduces students (ages 15-18) to the fundamental values, practices and movements of hip hop dance. This course will focus on foundations and origins of hip-hop and street dance culture and how each relates to today's current definitions of hip hop and freestyle dance. The class will be explored primarily through movement participation by the students with choreography instruction and freestyle drills led by the instructor, plus related video and/or reading assignments as they pertain to each day’s lesson. Students will be challenged and encouraged to apply historical and practical knowledge of hip-hop in order to understand its influences on the world around them.

James Levy is a Buffalo, NY, native with a passion for helping others and spreading positivity. He is an adjunct of Dance at Alfred University, a former teacher at Verve Dance Studio, and has taught a master class in Hip Hop at the University of Buffalo. He is multiple time winner of Battle @ Buffalo, and was featured in an exhibition battle at BattleFest in NYC. James says, “Dance for me has been a way for me to express myself freely without worrying about judgment from others. It’s allowed me to establish self-confidence that I never had before. I enjoy spreading positive energy through artistic movement, and am thankful for a wonderful family and amazing friends who push me to be a better person every single day. I am happy and confident with the man I am today, and plan to keep growing into a more positive man throughout the rest of my lifetime.”

You will attend classes and discussions via an online, virtual platform. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and online platform details, will be sent upon acceptance.

The cost is $100. A deposit of $50 is required.

How To Apply:
We are partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Acceptance Next Steps:
The program director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email. Once campers are accepted, they will be directed to pay the camp tuition and will be provided with the official schedule and online platform information. Any questions should be directed to James Levy.

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10 am – 1 pm Morning Session

 10 am – 10:30 am physical prep/warm-up/introduction of day’s ideas

10:30 am  – 11:30 am dance technique/class

11:30 am – 1 pm culture and discussion

***1-2 pm lunch break***

2 pm – 4 pm Afternoon Session

2 pm – 2:45 free-style concepts

2:45 pm  – 3:45 pm polishing movement/creative development

3:45 pm – 4 pm closing ritual/performance

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.